Brown, E. Richard. Rockefeller Medicine Men: Medicine and Capitalism in America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. Takes the contrary view to Ettling’s thesis in The Germ of Laziness, claiming that the driving forces behind the hookworm campaign were more political and economic than social and philanthropic.
Bud, Robert. Penicillin: Triumph and Tragedy. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. A well-written and authoritative history of the discovery, application, and importance of penicillin, and the evolution of resistant microbes.
Burney, D. A. and T. F. Flannery. “Fifty Millennia of Catastrophic Extinctions After Human Contact.”Trends in Ecology & Evolution 20, no. 7 (July, 2005): 395-401. Reviews the various theories proposed to explain the Pleistocene extinction event, and concludes that we need to have a deeper appreciation of the way humans impact ecosystems.
Bushnell, O. A. The Gifts of Civilization: Germs and Genocide in Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993. Examines the effect of Captain Cook and other European explorers and exploiters, on the health and abundance of native Hawaiians, excellent bibliography.
Byerly, C. R. Fever of War: The Influenza Epidemic in the U.S. Army During World War I. New York: New York University Press, 2005. A scholarly and in-depth account of the effects of the flu both in military camps and on the front, and the conflicting roles of medical doctors in wartime. Argues that the war created the pandemic by giving the virus a new environment in which to mutate and thrive.
Cassedy, James H. “The Germ of Laziness in the South, 1900-1915: Charles Wardell Stiles and The Progressive Paradox.”Bulletin of the History of Medicine 45 (1971): 159-169. Discusses the contrast between economic and evangelical motives in the RSC campaign to eradicate hookworm disease.